Linux 3.9 Debuts
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The 3.9 kernel follows the previous Linux 3.8 kernel by just 10 weeks and after eight release candidates.
"Whatever the reason, this week has been very quiet, which makes me much more comfortable doing the final 3.9 release, so I guess the last -rc8 ended up working," Torvalds wrote in a mailing list message. "Because not only aren't there very many commits here, even the ones that made it really are tiny and pretty obscure and not very interesting."
One of the new capabilities landing in the Linux 3.9 kernel is PowerClamp, which has been developed by Intel. The basic idea behind PowerClamp is to enable a new level of power control and server operations efficiency.